Friday, March 15, 2013

The Church (Deut. 8-13)

My oldest daughters are spending a few days with their grandparents and it is quiet around here!  I am taking the opportunity to clean, clean, clean!  And I'm hoping to keep it that way even after they return. (I heard that muffled laugh!)There are going to be some stricter rules about keeping things organized.  And speaking of rules, how's your Deuteronomy reading going?!

In the version of the Bible I'm reading Chapter 12 is entitled, "The One Place of Worship".  I especially like verse 7: "There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you."  I take that to mean that even our scary Old Testament God wants us to rejoice in church (and eat there! Bring on the pot lucks!).  With the appointment of the a new Pope, there has been a lot in the news about organized religion lately... the decline of the church, namely.  A lot of sources I'm reading talk about how my generation and the next just don't see church as relevant to their lives.  Heartbreaking. 

It is my fervent prayer that Pope Francis, other priests, ministers, pastors, and all Christians for that matter, can work together to show the world just how relevant the church is, what a joyful place it is, and just how desperately we need it to have strong relationships with Christ.  And I'm not above using food to lure people in.

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